Graduate Academic Catalog 2011-2012
Full-time Student – Full-time status is defined for each student level in the table below. Remember that other agencies (such as federal financial aid) may have different definitions of full-time. The definitions below are used when enrollment verifications are produced by SPSU. Note that the definition of full-time changes for summer semester.
NOTE: Some forms of financial aid require that a student be registered for at least 6 hours without regard to the institutional definition of a full-time student.
Part-time Student – See table above.
Good Standing – A graduate student is in good standing who has a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher, and is making reasonable progress toward a degree.
Grade Point Average – The grade point average is calculated by dividing the total quality points earned, by the total number of hours of credit for which grades have been received. Additional information is available on the registrar's web pages.
Phase One Registration – The first period of open registration for a term. Dates are determined by the registrar and posted to the academic bulletin. The purpose of the phase one registration is to allow current students in good standing the opportunity to secure needed classes and to provide an indicator of course needs for the university. In order to remain registered, students are required to secure their classes by paying for them either through financial aid, or with legal tender.
Phase Two Registration – The registration period immediately after phase one and before phase three. Phase two is intended to allow returning and new students the opportunity to make adjustments to class schedules including dropping and adding classes without penalty. In order to remain registered, students are required to secure their classes by paying for them either through financial aid, or with legal tender.
Phase Three Registration - Phase three registration includes a period of free registration that extends into the new term by several days. There is no implied or explicit intent to allow students to use regular registration and the drop/add period to "shop" for classes. The intended purpose of the drop/add period is to allow students ample time to develop a schedule and make necessary adjustments. Phase three is the final registration opportunity for a term and in order to remain registered, students are required to secure their classes by paying for them either through financial aid, or with legal tender.
Audit – Students who audit classes must declare their audit status during the drop/add period. Auditing provides students with the opportunity to attend a class without penalty or risk. The "V" grade is assigned when a course has been audited. No credit is given. This grade may not be used at any future date as a basis for receiving course credit. Courses taken under the audit status carry the same tuition and fees as courses taken in the normal mode. See "Registration" later in this chapter for details about auditing courses.
Withdrawal – Withdrawal is defined as the official act of discontinuing participation in a course or courses during a time in which withdrawal is permitted (usually after the drop/add period or regular registration, but before the mid-point of the term). In most cases withdrawal must be initiated by the student. Students who withdraw during the withdrawal period earn a grade of "W". See "Registration" later in this chapter for details about withdrawing.
Drop – The term "drop" refers to the removal of a course from a student's schedule during the official drop/add period. Dropping classes results in no grade being issued and no charge for tuition or fees.
Administrative Procedures – Administrative procedures are the steps and actions taken in order to follow established rules and regulations.
Term GPA – The term GPA is the pure GPA earned during any particular term of attendance at SPSU.
Cumulative GPA – The cumulative GPA is a student's GPA that includes all course work taken throughout all terms of attendance at SPSU. Grades from other institutions are not included in a student's SPSU cumulative GPA.